Description - The Rider on the White Horse by Theodor Storm
The Rider on the White Horse begins as a ghost story. A traveler finds himself caught in rough weather. On an island just offshore he glimpses the specter of a rider on a white horse rising and plunging in the wind and rain. Taking shelter at a local inn, the traveler mentions the apparition, and the local schoolmaster volunteers a story. It is a tale of ambition; of love and family; and of politics. It is a story, too, about the crisis of faith, of wanting and missing the presence of the divine, and of the persistence of superstition. It is an appealingly matter-of-fact picture of rural life, a harrowing glimpse of spiritual isolation, and a stark vision of the violence of the natural world. Finally, it is a story about the basis of civilization in the act of human sacrifice. Theodor Storm's novella is a gripping dramatization of the bloody reckonings that lie beneath the surface of civilization.
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(202mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Publisher: The New York Review of Books, Inc
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Author Biography - Theodor Storm
Hans Theodor Woldsen Storm (1817-1888) was born in Husum, Germany. He practiced law for most of his life, but also wrote numerous short stories, poems, and novellas. His two best-known works are the novellas Immensee and The Rider on the White Horse (also known as The Dykemaster). James Wright (1927-1980) was a translator and Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet.